Azhar Ali scores triple century as Pakistan declare at 579442 views
DUBAI:Pakistan declared their first innings at 579-3 after opener Azhar Ali knocked his maiden triple hundred on day two of the first day-night Test against West Indies in Dubai on friday.
Ali remained unbeaten on a 645-minute vigil of 302 — fourth to score a triple hundred in Tests from his country – after Pakistan resumed the day on 279-1 at Dubai stadium.
Misbah-ul-Haq remained 29 not out while Babar Azam made 69 and Asad Shafiq scored 67.
For West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo finished with 125.
This is only the second ever day-night match in Test cricket’s 140-year-old history after Australia and New Zealand featured in the first in Adelaide last year.
Cricket saw the innovation of day-night Tests with a pink ball for the first time when Australia played New Zealand at Adelaide in November last year, attempting to reverse the trend of dwindling Test crowds.
Australia won the low-scoring affair on the third day by a narrow three-wicket margin, with Australian wicket-keeper Peter Nevill’s 66 the top individual score.
Ali bettered that and put his name in the records book with a 366-minute stay at the crease, hitting 14 boundaries, but unlike Adelaide where the attendance was 123,000 over three days, only 500-odd people passed through the gates in Dubai.
Despite the empty stands Ali and Sami Aslam, who fell for 90, started brightly with an imperious 215-run stand for the opening wicket.
West Indies used up both of their referrals, first against Ali off paceman Jason Holder when the batsman was on 38, and then on Aslam (69) off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo — both leg-before appeals.
West Indies’ spinners failed to create any problems for Pakistan’s openers who flourished as the day progressed.
It couldn’t have been a better start for Pakistan in a match marking their 400th Test, as they won a crucial toss and made excellent early progress.
Pakistan handed Test caps to middle-order batsman Babar Azam and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.
Pakistan, first innings (overnight 279-1)
Sami Aslam b Chase 90
Azhar Ali not out 302
Asad Shafiq c and b Bishoo 67
Babar Azam c Holder b Bishoo 69
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 29
Extras: (b1, lb9, nb11, w1) 22
Total: (for three wkts; 155.3 overs dec) 579
Did no bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan
Fall of wickets: 1-215 (Aslam), 2-352 (Shafiq), 3-517 (Azam)
Bowling: Gabriel 22-3-99-0 (10nb), Cummins 25-2-99-0 (1w), Holder 25-4-73-0, Brathwaite 14-2-56-0, Bishoo 35-4-125-2, Chase 33-2-109-1, Blackwood 1.3-0-8-0
West Indies: J. Holder, K. Brathwaite, D. Bravo, L. Johnson, J. Blackwood, M. Samuels, S. Dowrich, R. Chase, D. Bishoo, M. Cummins, S. Gabriel
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Tv umpire: Martin Gough (ENG)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)